Festival


Wow- so much going on this weekend!  Better yet, it is going to feel like fall and be sunny all weekend.  Get out and enjoy it!  KidFriendly DC has a fantastic post about more Halloween related events coming up, so be sure to check it out as well.

Saturday, October 22nd

River Farm Fall Fest

9am – 12pm @ River Farm, Alexandria

Bring a picnic and the family to River Farm to enjoy story time in the garden, arts and crafts projects, a scavenger hunt, and more.  This event is free of charge, though donations are appreciated. Rain or shine (activities will be held indoors in the event of rain). For more details, call (703) 768-5700 ext. 126.

Annandale Fall Festival 

10am @  Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike, Annandale

Eighty merchants with jewelry, artwork, giftware, crafts, children’s toys & books, clothing, wood carvings and other gifts for your holiday shopping will fill the community market.  There will also be rock, jazz & country Bands along with International costumed dancers and swing dancersfor entertainment as well as tons of food.  The Kid’s Zone will challenge with a climbing wall, bungee jump, bungee basketball, face painting, Lil Pirate inflatable & toddler games, costumed characters, and The Secret Garden which will feature puppet shows at 1 & 3pm and The Traveling Storyteller at 12pm and 2pm along with interactive games for toddlers to teens.  The Annual Parade 10am – 12pm will finish at the festival grounds.

AppleFest

11am – 1pm @ Whole Foods Old Town, Alexandria

Transforming into a delicious orchard, Virginia Whole Foods Market’s AppleFest will be complete with inspiring cooking demonstrations, entertaining crafts, prizes, tastings and more! While exploring taste palates of sweet treats and savory apple infused dishes, customers will be exposed to and learn about the best apples that the harvest has to offer.   Featured activities will include mouth-watering samples and cooking demonstrations, carmel-apple making stations, hard apple cider on tap, apple sampling in every department, and apple scavenger hunts

Mousequerade Ball for Kids  

1pm – 2pm @ Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Alexandria

Families with children ages 4 – 7 can enjoy a reading of Alexander the Old Town Mouse by author Cheryl Barnes and have their books signed. Children will then create a mask and enjoy a ball of their own — in the very same room the story takes place! Costumes are encouraged but not required.  This hour-long program will be held at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. $10 per child (ages 2 and older); adults free with purchase of child ticket.

Wild Side Wagon Ride  

4pm @ Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria

Take a 90-minute tractor ride with a park naturalist to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot. Look for and learn about songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies and waterfowl, then stop for a snack at the observation platform. Meet at South King’s Highway park entrance.

Campfire: Popcorn

6pm – 7:15pm @ Long Branch Amphitheater, Arlington

The whole family is invited to join us at the Long Branch Amphitheater for lots of old-fashioned fun. This engaging program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores.  Cost is $5 fee per person with a $20 max fee per family.

Fearless Fest

7pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

This fun event provides a lighthearted alternative to scary Halloween celebrations. The not-so-scary event is guaranteed to educate and entertain participants.  A naturalist will lead guests on a one-hour night hike into the woods to meet and interact with costumed creatures who explain away their scary reputations. The 52-acre forest surrounding the nature center is an ideal setting to hear ironic explanations from a black widow spider, a skunk, an owl, poison ivy, a dead tree, and other animals.  Indoor activities include craft projects and hands-on exploration. Guests will investigate real animal skulls in the graveyard, meet live reptiles and insects such as snakes, toads, and millipedes, and dissect owl pellets to learn about their diet and habitat.  The cost is $7 per Fairfax County resident and $9 for out-of-county guests. Families should bring a flashlight. This event is great for scout groups looking for a fun evening activity. Costumes are encouraged and are completely appropriate for the event’s festive, party-like atmosphere.

Sunday, October 23rd

Scarecrow Making Workshop

1pm & 2pm @ Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon

Adults and children enjoy making scarecrows. Bring an outfit and a pair of pantyhose for each scarecrow.  They supply special touches for faces. Held outdoors, dress for the weather. Register to make a scarecrow. Canceled if rain.

Meet me on a Sunday at Potomac Overlook  

1:30pm – 3:30pm @ Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington

Almost everyone needs more time in the great outdoors – time to take a walk, enjoy each others’ company, or to just sit and do nothing! So, come make a “natural connection” at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Every Sunday afternoon, between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., the park provides refreshments, games and hands-on nature exhibits, and a fun place to meet and enjoy the outdoors. There’s always something for families, groups, scouts, friends, couples, seniors . . . anyone!


Saturday, October 22nd & Sunday, October 23rd

Fall Harvest Family Days  

9am – 5pm @ Mount Vernon 

Mount Vernon welcomes the autumn season with Fall Harvest Family Days! The entire family enjoys autumn activities including wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, 18th-century dancing demonstrations, a straw bale maze, farrier (blacksmithing) demonstrations, apple-roasting, corn husk dolls demonstrations and early-American games and music. Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price during this weekend event. Fall Harvest Family Days are included in regular Estate admission on October 22&23: adults, $15.00; children ages 6-11, $7.00; and children 5 and under are admitted free.

Ghost Train Halloween Event  

10am – 5pm @ Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station

Board the haunted train at Burke Lake Park for a special ride through the forest. Tickets are $4.50. The Ghost Train runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last ticket sold 4:15 p.m.) Tickets for the carousel are $1.75. Costumes are encouraged! For more information, call 703-323-6600.

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Check out these fun things going on this weekend.  Lot of rain forecasted- stay dry!

Saturday, September 24th

Smithsonian Museum Day at  Alexandria Archaeology Museum and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

Various times @ participating museums

Looking for a good family-friendly activity while enjoying and learning about our heritage? The Smithsonian Institute is sponsoring a national Museum Day on Saturday September 24th. As part of the celebration hundreds of museums across the nation are offering two free admission tickets per request.  Tickets available online through the Smithsonian Magazine: http://smithsonianmag.com/museumday.  At the Archaeology Museum, participate in the History Scavenger Hunt by identifying artifacts in the Museum that bring Alexandria’s past to life! Try your hand at piecing together, or crossmending, pottery sherds from the past and learn about life as a Civil War drummer boy in the “Wanted Young Heroes” exhibit.  At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum come explore this 18th century tavern that attracted Washington, Jefferson, and travelers. It was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/

Fort Ethan Allen 150th Anniversary

9am – 4pm @ Fort Ethan Allen Park, Arlington

150 years ago on September 24, 1861 the Union army began constructing Forts Ethan Allen and Marcy to protect the Chain Bridge. Come visit both of these forts as they commemorate their construction with exhibits, interpretive walks and activities. For information call 703-243-4342. Meet at, 3829 N.Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22207. Registration is not required.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/calendar/#EventDetails_15901

Mike Perrello Magic Show

10am @ Valley Drive Cooperative Preschool, Alexandria

Mike Perrello’s fun and high-energy magic show will captivate children of all ages (and adults too). With comedy, live animals, puppets, music, and more, this magician will entertain the whole family and keep them roaring with laughter.

http://delray.patch.com/events/magic-show-12

Funville

10am – 4pm @ White Flint Mall, N. Bethesda, MD

White Flint Mall will be transformed into a free community parenting fair.  Citizens of Funville will receive their passports to live performances, hands-on activities, giveaways, contests, demonstrations and interactive stations, focusing on education, health, the arts, parties and more.

http://www.washingtonparent.com/funville

Worldwide Day of Play

10am – 4pm @ Ellipse, Washington, DC

Nickelodeon will bring its 8th Annual Worldwide Day of Play event to the Ellipse in Washington, DC.  You can enjoy activities set up by over 50 organizations! Hit a homer with Major League Baseball and Boys & Girls Club of America’s batting contests and clinics. Be a soccer star with shooting and passing clinics provided by Major League Soccer. Score a touchdown with drills from the National Football League, and serve some aces with the United States Tennis Association! Plus, many more.  The event will also feature appearances by a number of Nickelodeon’s live-action and preschool stars, including Big Time Rush, the cast of iCarly; Victoria Justice and the cast of Victorious; Keke Palmer, star of True Jackson, VP; SpongeBob SquarePants; Dora the Explorer, the Fresh Beat Band and more.  This event is free and open to the public
http://www.nick.com/thebighelp/worldwide-day-of-play

Clarendon Day 2011- Family Fun Day

11am – 5pm @ Around Clarendon Metro Station, Arlington

Enjoy performances, fun kids’ activities, free health screenings, meet local sports mascots, and so much more.  Following the Pacer’s 10k/5k/Kids Dash, everyone can enjoy local music on two stages, and tasty treats from more than a dozen local restaurants.  There will be a moonbounce obstacle course, face-painting, balloon sculptures, and a special fencing demonstration by the Fencing Sports Academy.  There is also a Kidz Zone Play Area that will will feature new attractions that appeal to kids of all ages in our Kidz Zone, including a free safari obstacle bounce and monkey bouncer, as well as ticketed rides.  Clarendon Day 2011 takes place in the area around Clarendon Metro Station.

http://www.clarendonday.org

Awesome Airmail

11am – 3pm @ Postal Museum, Washington, DC

Airmail turns 100 and you’re invited to celebrate with hands-on activities, storytime, and tours. Join us beneath a 1911 plane that carried airmail and discover its fascinating story.

http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/museum/1b_calendar.html?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D95720113%26view%3Devent%26-childview%3D

McLean Harvest Happenings

11am – 2pm @ McLean Community Center, McLean, VA

Activities are designed for children ages 3-8. A fun and exciting day for your whole family is right in your backyard.  Bring your family to this indoor/outdoor festival and enjoy activities, live entertainment, fun snacks, and games at the McLean Community Center. All activities are included in the entrance fee.  Children’s entertainers Rocknoceros and Kidsinger Jim will perform.

http://www.mcleancenter.org/kids-teens/childrens-events.asp#harvest_happenings

 

Night at the Planetarium 6

3pm – 7pm @ David M. Brown Planetarium, Arlington

Fun for the whole family with shows in the planetarium and hands-on activities and telescope viewing outside for all to enjoy.

http://www.saveplanetarium.org/2011/09/20/0924-night-at-the-planetarium-6/

Ah Love Baby

4pm – 5pm @ Ah Love Oil & Vinegar, Arlington

Store owner Cary Kelly will share ancient practices that keep you and your baby healthy using chemical free, all natural olive oil.  Learn how mothers in the Mediterranean have treated diaper rash, cradle cap, dry skin, earaches and even their own stretch marks and nursing discomfort.  Olive oil is not just for your kitchen!

http://www.ahloveoilandvinegar.com/Events.html

Campfire: Tall Tales & Long Legs

7am – 8:15pm @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Register adults and children; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The whole family is invited to join us at the Gulf Branch fire ring for lots of old-fashioned fun. This engaging program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. For more info call 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center- registration is required.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/calendar/#EventDetails_15978

Goodnight Walk: Abounding Bats

7pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Search the skies during our night time stroll for bats. Enjoy a story and fun facts about these curious, misunderstood creatures. Learn how to encourage these natural mosquito-zappers to visit your backyard. Children must be accompanied by a registered, paying adult. Family fun outside the trail and searching the skies for bats above the rain garden. Learn of the challenges bats face with both habitat loss, poor public relations and disease. Find out how to be safe near wildlife and the real issue of dangers of human contact with bats and other mammals.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/hiddenoaks/public.htm

Sunday, September 25th

Olde Towne Dogge Walke

9am – 11am @ Market Square, Alexandria

A fun way for animal lovers to support the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria in a 1.5 mile walk.

http://www.doggewalke.com/

Plant Sale and More!–Glencarlyn

10am @ Glencarlyn Branch Library Community Garden, Arlington

Glencarlyn Branch Library Community Garden’s Master Gardeners invite you to free talks on native bees (11am), fall planting (noon), herb and pollinator gardens (1pm). Also tastes of herbal treats and drinks plus potpourri making for children and adults. Hundreds of sun and shade loving perennials, ferns, shrubs, and trees will be on sale just in time for fall planting.  Sponsored by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia and Virginia Cooperative Extension. Cash or check appreciated. For information, call Judy Funderburk at 703-671-5310.

http://arlingtonvalib.blogspot.com/2011/09/plant-sale-and-more.html

Steam Stomp

1:30pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Investigate Bugg Creek for salamanders, crayfish, and more in this catch-and-release adventure.  Learn about erosion and other environmental issues affecting aquatic wildlife. Cancelled in case of severe weather. Wear closed toes shoes that can get wet and clothes that can get dirty because we’re wading in the stream. Use dip nets to collect creatures to examine.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/hiddenoaks/public.htm

Saturday, September 24th & Sunday, September 25th

Library of Congress National Book Festival

National Mall, Washington, DC

Come to the 11th annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event. The festival is free and open to the public.  Justin Roberts will perform at 5pm.

http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/


 

 

 

Lots going on this weekend!  What are you planning to get into?

Saturday, July 9th

Children’s and Maternity Clothing Consignment Sale

9:30am – 1:30pm @ Mystique Jewelers in Old Town, Alexandria

Shop for your kids from designer brands.  In addition, Tara Bandes an Old Town photographer is going to be offering mini photo sessions at the event.  They will also have an Alex’s Lemonade Stand set-up with proceeds going to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to help fight childhood cancer.  On the waterfront in Old Town, Alexandria- 211 The Strand (next to Chadwicks Restaurant).  Shop for your kids from designer brands: Baby Gap, Gymboree, Hannah Andersson, Janie and Jack, Lilly Pulitzer, Mini Boden, and more.  Tara Bandes Photography will offer 20 minute sessions for $95 and include the session sitting fee, a private online viewing portfolio for your proofs, 1 5×7 print and 8 wallets.  To reserve your session for the day of the event check out: www.tarabandes.com or call 571.332.2627.  Complimentary parking is available, and dogs are welcome.

http://529kidsconsign.com/

Sahelo-Sahara Day 

10am – 2pm @ National Zoo, Washington, DC

Come discover how antelopes and other animals make their home in the heat of the Sahara desert. This family-friendly event offers educational and fun activities for children, keeper talks and animal demonstrations.  No tickets are required. Featured Creature Days are free and open to the public.

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ActivitiesAndEvents/Celebrations/AnimalDays/default.cfm

Rocknoceros- Arts in the Parks

10am – 11am @ Mason District Park Amphitheater, Annandale

A fun, free show featuring great kids music.

http://www.rocknoceros.com/shows

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances/downloads/11ArtsintheParksWeb.pdf

Beading FUN for ALL

10am – 12pm @ Fairlington Community Center, Arlington

This is a family style beading workshop that is great for parent/caregiver and child to learn the basics of beading through simple techniques.  Make and take necklace and bracelet.  All supplies are included.  Please only register the child.  Fairlington Center.  For ages 7-12. Cost is $31.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/documents/file80214.pdf

Insects

10:30am – 12pm @ Dora Kelley Nature Park, Alexandria

Join volunteer Naturalist and local insect enthusiast Peter Edelman on a hike through Dora Kelley Nature Park to get “up close and personal” with local insect life. Catch and release session featured (nets and equipment provided). In lieu of a program fee, participants may donate to the Ford Nature Center via “The Living Landscape Fund”. Call the Naturalist staff at 703-746-5559 for more information.  This is a free event.  Ages 12 & up.

http://alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/recreation/services/NatureClasses.pdf

Cherrydale Library 50th Anniversary

11am @ Cherrydale Library, Arlington

There will be a short ceremony at 11am., followed by a celebration including cake donated by Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe, the greatest hits and notable books of 1961, a giant birthday card, and a display of vintage photos of the Cherrydale Library.  There will also have balloons, face painting and an exhibit of art created by Taylor School students.  At 2pm, elementary school students can attend Kofi Dennis Djembe Storytelling, part of the summer Get Caught Reading performance series.  Free tickets for this performance will be available on first come, first serve basis, beginning Friday, July 8.

http://arlingtonvalib.blogspot.com/2011/06/cherrydale-branchcjerr-celebrates-50.html

Nationals Baseball Family Day

11:30am – 2pm @ American Art Museum, Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

Take me out to the museum! The American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery are pleased to welcome all to our fifth annual Baseball Family Day with the Washington Nationals Baseball Club. Come take your picture with ball players from noon to 1pm and enjoy lots of fun activities, crafts, and musical performances.  This is a free event.

http://npg.si.edu/event/currentevents.html?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D94458932

The Foo Fah Show 

12pm @ Universalist National Memorial Church, Washington, DC

Storyteller Marc Spiegel (www.marcspiegel.com) leads the audience through rhythmic, rhyming stories from his magical land of Foo Fah, assigning sound effects and words to various sections of the audience so that the ultimate pace of the story is created by the group.  Marc will lead you into a time before video games and virtual reality, when “interactive” meant being in the same room and speaking face to face, when people entertained each other with stories and rhymes, and the whole community joined in to make a joyful noise.  You will meet wacky, wild, and wonderful characters like Gorgon Corpuscle, who has broken out of the confines of Marc Speigel’s imagination and arrived in our world via his Urban Dictionary definition of “foo fah.”  The show is fun, interactive, and entertaining.  It is also great fun for “grown-ups” with or without the kids.

http://www.foofahshow.com

Venomous Snakes & Poisonous Plants

1pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Learn what you need to watch out for in the fields and forests of Fairfax County. See a live copperhead snake, learn to identify poison ivy and a black widow spider. Find out what is easily confused with our noxious neighbors.

http://parktakes.fairfaxcounty.gov/rev1_coursedetail.asp?category2=STEW%2DN&subject=&facility2=M308&day=9999&Submit2=Search&offset=0&LOC=M308&TRM=11SU&CDE=3082887301

Alexandria Birthday Celebration

4pm – 10pm @ Oronoco Bay Park, Alexandria

The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 262nd birthday at Oronoco Bay Park. The celebration includes fun for the entire family, including children’s activities, community exhibits, a music performances, and birthday cake. The highlight of the event is a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks close out the celebration at dusk.  Oronoco Bay Park has lawn seating, so bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food, such as ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers, shaved ice and kettle corn will be available for purchase, but you are welcome to pack a picnic supper.

http://apps.alexandriava.gov/Calendar/Detail.aspx?si=751

Goodnight Walk: Abounding Bats

8pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Search the skies during our night time stroll for bats. Enjoy a story and fun facts about these curious, misunderstood creatures. Learn how to encourage these natural mosquito-zappers to visit your backyard.

http://parktakes.fairfaxcounty.gov/rev1_coursedetail.asp?category2=STEW%2DN&subject=&facility2=M308&day=9999&Submit2=Search&offset=0&LOC=M308&TRM=11SU&CDE=3083868201

Sunday, July 10th

Venomous Snakes & Poisonous Plants

1pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Learn what you need to watch out for in the fields and forests of Fairfax County. See a live copperhead snake, learn to identify poison ivy and a black widow spider. Find out what is easily confused with our noxious neighbors.

http://parktakes.fairfaxcounty.gov/rev1_coursedetail.asp?category2=STEW%2DN&subject=&facility2=M308&day=9999&Submit2=Search&offset=0&LOC=M308&TRM=11SU&CDE=3082887301

Meet me on a Sunday at Potomac Overlook

1:30pm and 3:30pm @ Potomac OverlookRegional Park, Arlington

Almost everyone needs more time in the great outdoors – time to take a walk, enjoy each others’ company, or to just sit and do nothing! So, come make a “natural connection” at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Every Sunday afternoon the park provides refreshments, games and hands-on nature exhibits, and a fun place to meet and enjoy the outdoors. There’s always something for families, groups, scouts, friends, couples, seniors . . . anyone!

http://www.arlingtonva.us/calendar/#EventDetails_12818

Mongol Naadam’

2pm – 5pm @ Barcroft Park, Arlington

Annual DC-Arlington Mongolian Community summer “Naadam” – a sports and music celebration featuring Mongolian wrestling competition, children’s foot races, traditional songs and dances, and a basketball competition.  This is a free event!

http://www.friendsofmongolia.org/updates/juneandjuly2011-eventsinthedcarea#TOC-July-10-2011:-Mongol-Naadam-in-Arli 

Old Town Waterfront Fun Days!

2pm – 5pm @ Alexandria City Marina, Alexandria

Many local organizations will provide family fun activities including the Torpedo Factory Artists with children’s crafts, the Alexandria Archaeology showcasing unique artifacts, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation with children’s miniature boat building and the Alexandria Art League hosting some fantastic artists. Pamela Cressey, the City’s Director of Archaeology, will host this week’s Waterfront Walk beginning at 3pm in front of the Waterfront Gazebo, City Marina. Don’t miss out on this special day of art, history and family fun activities!  This is a free event- call (703) 684-0580 for more info. Located at Alexandria City Marina, behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

http://visitalexandriava.com/attractions-activites/calendar-of-events/index.cfm?show=eventDetail&eventID=3264&rtnURl=

The 3rd Annual Firefly Festival
7:30pm – 9:30pm @ Fort C.F. Smith Park, Arlington
Celebrate summer’s natural night lights with us at Fort C.F. Smith.  Events include; bug hunts, games, crafts, walks, and talks about fireflies. Bring your picnic blanket and dinner to enjoy and wait for the sun to go down and the lights to come out.  Cancelled if Raining. For information: 703-228-6535. Meet at Fort C.F. Smith Park.  There is a $5 fee per person, $20 max per family, payable at the festival.  Call 703-228-6535 to register.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/ParksRecreation/scripts/nature/TheSnag.aspx

The Shirlington Jazz Festival is back for another year!  It starts July 7th and runs every Thursday through August 25th from 6:30 – 8:30pm.  Enjoy live music and yummy food with your family.

Festival Lineup:
July 7th – The Oscillators
July 14th – Donato Soviero and Friends
July 21st – Dan Haas with Unified Jazz
July 28th – JMM
August 4th – Mistruada
August 11th – The Lovejoy Group
August 18th – Felicia Carter & Amy Shook
August 25th – Kevin Pace Trio

There is also wine tasting- for $5, you can taste 4 wines (2 whites, 2 reds). Wine tasting proceeds benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=218459578177954

Plenty of activities going on in the area to get you out of the house with your families.  So grab your red, white, and blue, and get into something fun.  Hope you all have a great holiday weekend!

Saturday, July 2nd

Archery!
10am – 11:30am @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Bows and arrows and fun!  Stop by, rent a bow for 30 minutes, and enjoy some archery practice in the shady woods.  Nature center staff will supervise for safety, and provide a little guidance if needed. For more information call 703-228-3403.  For children ages 6 and up- kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. There is a $5 fee per 30 min bow rental.  Register at https://registration.arlingtonva.us.  Program #: 642821-G

 

Hunting Herons Hike
4pm – 6pm @ Chain Bridge, Arlington
Search for all three species of these amazing birds, and other denizens of the Potomac Floodplain, as the heat of the day passes. Bring water and a snack, and dress to get muddy for off-trail exploring. Participants will receive directions to the meeting spot near Chain Bridge.  For more information call 703-228-3403.  For ages 8 and up.  Cost is $3 due upon registration.  Register at https://registration.arlingtonva.us. Program #: 642851-B

 

Bald Eagles Campfire
7:30pm – 8:45pm @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

The whole family is invited to the Gulf Branch fire ring for lots of old-fashioned fun.  There will be many entertaining activities, to include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. Cost is $5 fee per person- $20 max for the whole family.  Register at https://registration.arlingtonva.us.  Program #: 642851-G

 

Sunday, July 3rd

Sue Pyatt Book Signing 

10am – 2pm @ Kinder Haus Toys, Arlington

Sue Pyatt will autograph and personalize her books, “Call Me Madame President” and “President Amanda’s Whistle-stop Trip” just for kids.

 

Meet Me on a Sunday at Potomac Overlook

1:30pm – 3:30pm @ Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington

“Meet me on a Sunday” activities will include refreshments, games and hands-on nature exhibits, and a fun place to meet and enjoy the outdoors.

 

Snake & Turtle Feeding: Behind the Scenes

2pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Assist the naturalist feeding and caring for the nature center’s live amphibian and reptile exhibits animals. Meet turtles that are not on public view. Children must be accompanied by a registered, paying adult.

 

Monday, July 4th

Lots going on on the 4th in our area.  Check out this post for details.

 

 


Saturday, July 2nd – July 4th

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
11am to 5:30pm @ National Mall, Washington, DC

The Folklife Festival is an international festival of living cultural heritage.  This year, the focus is on Colombian culture, the accomplishments of the Peace Corps, and the history of Rhythm and Blues.  Each day includes music and dance performances on the mall, as well as evening concerts.  Weavers, potters, wood carvers and others will demonstrate their crafts. Others will show the importance of gold mining and coffee in Colombia. Regional foods will be cooked using an oven built on the mall. Dishes for sale include plantains, beef empanadas, chorizo with corn cakes and rice pudding.  The Folklife Festival offers a variety of activities for kids, including crafts and food demonstrations, as well as music and dance performances.  Check out Kid Friendly DC’s post for more info and tips.

 

Charlotte’s Web

7/2- 2pm & 4:30pm, 7/3- 11am & 2pm, 7/4, 11am @ Adventure Theater, Glen Echo, MD

E.B. White’s popular tale of love and devotion, takes theatergoers to Zuckerman’s Farm, where the delightful runt pig Wilbur appears headed for the dinner table — as main course, not as guest. Yet he is saved by the remarkably crafty spider, Charlotte, and the whole town begins talking about it. Some pig!  For ages 3 and up, and run time is 1 hour 15 minutes.

 

Wind in the Willows

1:30pm & 4:00pm @ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD

Mr. Toad, Mole, Ratty and Mr. Badger go on a wild musical ride based on the book by Kenneth Grahame.  Appropriate for ages 4 and older.

 



So much going on in the Arlington area this weekend!  From truck petting to food tasting, there is sure to be something fun for your family to get into.


Saturday, May 21st

Neighborhood Day

All day Saturday @ Many Arlington neighborhoods

Many neighborhoods in Arlington will be celebrating Neighborhood Day.  From cleaning up their neighborhood to yard sales to family fun fairs, Neighborhood Day brings neighbors together and gives people a way to get to know each other.  For more info check out this post.

Truck Petting Zoo

9am – 11am @ Central Library, Arlington

There will be a fire engine from the Arlington Fire Department, a street sweeper, garbage truck and dump truck from the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, a concrete mixer from Vulcan Materials, a gas operations vehicle from Washington Gas, Arlington Transit’s Art on the ART Bus, and a motorcycle and police cruiser from the Arlington Police Department.  Vehicle operators will be on hand to explain how the various vehicles do their jobs.  They will be blocking off the back parking lot to make room for the trucks, so park in the garage or the small side parking lot. The closest metro stop is Virginia Square.

http://arlingtonvalib.blogspot.com/2011/04/trucks-trucks-trucks.html

Turtle Trot 5k and Kids’ Fun Run

10am – 1pm @ Bluemont Park, Arlington

Come for the inaugural Turtle Trot 5K at Bluemont Park to support Long Branch Nature Center and local wildlife.  After the 5k kids can participate in a run of their own.  Be sure to also catch some “REAL” turtle races and visit a variety of educational booths, activities, and exhibits!  Funds raised will go to support local turtles by paying for the veterinary services for injured turtles, medications, animal care, and educational programming. For information: 703-228-6535. Come check it out the festivities (and new Bluemont Park) even if you aren’t running!

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/documents/TurtleTrot5K.pdf

Turtle Walk

10am – 11:30pm @ Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, Alexandria

Bring the little ones to learn about a very special creature, the Eastern Box Turtle.  You will learn all about the life of these small, yet fascinating, reptiles and go on a hike to look for turtles.  This program features a cute turtle craft.  Register before class, and cost is $4.

http://alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/recreation/services/NatureClasses.pdf

Family Storytime and Craft–Shirlington

10:30am – 11:30am @ Shirlington Branch Library, Arlington

Come for family storytime, and a fun craft for children of all ages. Call 703-228-6545 for more information.

http://library.arlingtonva.us/departments/Libraries/LibrariesEvents.aspx

Lyon Park Annual Spring Fair and Big Wheel Grand Prix

11am – 3pm @ Lyon Park Community Center, Arlington

The event will feature many typical carnival/fair games like ring toss, duck pond,, guess the number, bean bag toss, and many more.  In addition to the game booths, the fair will also have pony rides, moon bounces, a bake sale, a plant sale, and live bluegrass music.  carnival games, pony rides, moon bounces, a bake sale, a plant sale, food and drink concession stands, and live bluegrass music.  After the fair, from 3pm – 4pm, the third annual Lyon Park Big Wheel Grand Prix will be held.  Children and adults will race plastic “big wheel” tricycles to raise money for the community center’s upcoming renovation.

http://www.lyonparkcitizens.org/

Wild Side Wagon Ride
12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm @ Huntley Meadows, Alexandria

Take a 90-minute tractor ride with a park naturalist to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot.  Look for and learn about songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies, and waterfowl, and stop for a snack at the observation platform. Meets at the South King’s Highway entrance to the park. Register online. Children must be registered and accompanied by a registered adult.  Cost is $6, and is for families with children ages 4 and up.
Click here for more info.

Spies and Scouts of the Civil War: Family Festival

2pm – 5pm @ Carlyle House, Alexandria

Once the site of one of the city’s largest hospitals, Carlyle House, played an important role in the conflict.  Carlyle House will host the Civil War Spies and Scouts Family Festival as part of “Life in Civil War Alexandria: A 150th Commemorative Event” that will take place simultaneously at Alexandria’s Market Square, across the street from the Carlyle House.  Families and children of all ages are invited to join in on the action through a variety of free crafts and activities. Decode a secret message, try on a disguise, participate in a scavenger hunt and more!  Learn about Frank Stringfellow, who pretended to be a dentist to spy on Union soldiers in Alexandria, or Sarah Emma Edmonds, who dressed as a man, served as a soldier, and crossed enemy lines. For more information about this event please contact Carlyle House at 703-549-2997 or e-mail carlyle@nvrpa.org

http://www.nvrpa.org/press_releases/view/63

Calvary School Wine Tasting

4pm – 6pm @ Crystal City Sports Pub, Arlington

Come for a tasting of outstanding wines, guided by John Brooks, one of only 24 expert wine connoisseurs certified by Robert Parker, the world’s most influential wine critic, and Kevin Zraly, the world’s most famous wine educator.  It is a wine tasting event for the Calvary School Scholarship Fund. It will be held on Saturday, May 21st. from 4:00-6:00 pm. on the new third floor of the Crystal City Sports Pub. The tickets are $35 per person.  Individuals interested can contact Elizabeth Mailander at elizabeth@mailander.net or call 703.920.3013.  As an added bonus, this event will be held in conjunction with the Parents Afternoon Out at Calvary Children’s School. Professional teaching staff will provide childcare from 4:00 pm to 8:00pm. Cost is $15 for one child; $25 for two. Please contact Beth Posey at bposey@comcast.net to sign-up your child/children.

Cinema Del Ray- Despicable Me

7pm – 10pm @ Mount Vernon Recreation Center, Alexandria

Bring family, neighbors and friends to the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center to view Despicable Me. Activities begin at 7 pm, movies begin at dusk.  This is a free event!  Contact Jen Walker at 703.675.1566 for more information.

http://www.mymcenearney.com/resources/files/user/files/222/DelRayCinema2011.pdf


Sunday, May 21st 

Taste of Arlington 

12pm – 5pm @ Wilson Boulevard in front of Ballston Common Mall, Arlington

A wide variety of Arlington’s favorite eateries will be participating including: Jaleo, Willow, Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream and Lebanese Taverna.  It will be a fun-filled day with singing and dancing performances by local artists, street performers, and children’s activities like a moonbounce, face painting, and a craft area.  Tickets are $20/online for eight tastes; $25/door. Tickets are on sale online or call 703-528-3527.

http://www.tasteofarlington.com/

Miss Spider’s Tea Party

1:30pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

You are invited to tea with Miss Spider, Miss Ladybug, and other wildlife friends celebrating spring in the forest. Come dressed as your favorite insect or spider and make your antennae here. Enjoy a sit-down tea party, stories and activities as they combine learning with fun. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.  For children ages 4 and up.  Cost is $15 per child.

Click here to register.


Saturday, May 21st & Sunday, May 22nd

Joint Service Open House and Air Show

8am – 5pm @ Andrews Air Force Base

Come see the amazing Thunderbirds, the Golden Knights, and other exciting aerial and ground attractions.  Admission is free!

http://www.jsoh.org/

On Saturday, May 21st, many neighborhoods in Arlington will be celebrating Neighborhood Day.  From cleaning up their neighborhood to yard sales to family fun fairs, Neighborhood Day brings neighbors together and gives people a way to get to know each other.

Check out the activities planned for many Arlington neighborhoods.  Go to http://www.arlingtonva.us/portals/topics/NeighborhoodDayMain.aspx for more info.


H-B Woodlawn 5K Trail Run– 8am, Potomac Overlook Park


Ashton Heights Yard Sale- 8am-noon, Ashton Heights


Old Dominion Neighborhood Day & Yard Sale- 8am-12:30pm, St. Mark’s Church

Neighborhood-wide yard sale and various family entertainment including cultural displays, fire truck and activities for kids.


Fairlington Invasive Plant Pull- 9am-noon, Fairlington Community Center

Help clear invasive plants from a singular patch of woodland in Fairlington.


Patrick Henry Fun Run- 9am–noon,  Patrick Henry Elementary School

A non-competitive 5k run/walk for people of all ages.


Save Barcroft from Plant Invaders!- 9:30-Noon, Barcroft Park

Join the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists and members of Remove Invasive Plants for a Coffee Talk


Turtle Trot 5K- 10am, Lower Bluemont Park Picnic Shelter

Take part in the 2011 Turtle Trot 5K race at the Lower Bluemont Park Picnic Shelter.


Highland Park-Overlee Knolls Walk-A-Bout- 10am-noon, Westover Library

Join neighbors and friends of all ages for a spring walk through the Highland Park-Overlee Knolls Neighborhood.


Bluemont Park Ribbon Cutting- 10-10:30am, Bluemont Playground

Check out our new playground.


Lyon Park’s 87th Annual Spring Fair- 11 am-3 pm, Lyon Park Community Center

Enjoy carnival games, pony rides, moon bounces, great concessions, bake sale, plant sale, live bluegrass music and more!  According to ARL Now, following the fair, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m, the third annual Lyon Park Big Wheel Grand Prix will be held. Check out the article for more info.


Bluemont Spring BBQ at Firehouse # 2- 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Firehouse #2

Bluemont residents, children and visitors are invited to the annual Spring BBQ.


North Highland Community Picnic- Noon-4pm, Dawson Terrace Park

North Highland community members are getting together a community picnic.


Nauck Neighborhood Day: “It’s a Family Affair”- 1-4pm, Drew Model School Field

This is a community building event with music, vendors, kid’s activities and much more!


Rockwell Plaque Dedication at Fillmore Park- 2:30-3pm, Fillmore Park

Help us recognize Arlington’s Conservationist of the Year, Ruth Rockwell, who sold .35 wooded acres of land abutting Fillmore Park for a reduced rate of the appraised value in August 2010 so that it could extend the footprint of Fillmore Park.


Dominion Hills Park and Playground Dedication- 4-6pm, Dominion Hills Park

Celebrate our great community, check out our new playground, learn a bit about our history and listen to great music.

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